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General

  • Peaceful park near Penrith in the Lake District National Park
  • In a wildlife haven overlooking Ullswater
  • Play area, football pitch and shop open in season

Squirrel! Did you know that the red squirrel is a very shy critter that mostly won’t be spied if it hears big humanly footsteps (a bit like hobbits)? Sssh: you might just spy one around beautiful Waterfoot Caravan Park, an immensely peaceful place near Penrith in the Lake District National Park.

Like the thought of spotting red squirrels in the wild, the look and location of Waterfoot should make one want to pack up and move here with some immediacy. Not only is it in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, with scurrying wildlife all round, but it overlooks gorgeous Ullswater, with steamer cruises on Lady Dorothy, famed walking routes and, we hope – carrying a notepad/sketchpad to note/sketch sightings of glorious daffodils.

Waterfoot is a family site over a most viewsome acre of land, with up-to-date showers and toilets, a shop open daily during the season, a laundry room and indoor washing-up areas to combat any Lake District rain. Sans rain, kids have a play area with swings, climbing towers, rocking toys and slide, and there’s a small football pitch for big brothers and sisters.

Reception is easily found at the front of the park, so check in and lace up your walking boots to take in the wildlife and walks of some of the prettiest parts of the country – did someone say squirrel…?

This site is a member of Lake District Estates group.
Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award AA 4 pennants

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Please note that the lounge bar is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until further notice.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 85 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 

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Great site great showers and facilities did not use WiFi did not rate 14/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom carol t. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything so easy to walk into Pooley Bridge staff at site friendly

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    Nothing

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Brilliant site 09/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kevin_j253379 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Brilliant site

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Warm and welcoming staff very pleasant 08/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Great stay definitely worth a visit

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We had a chilled five days at waterfoot park, staff ... 08/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Scott H. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We had a chilled five days at waterfoot park, staff were helpful & friendly, site was well planned, toilet and showers were very clean. Good access to Ullswater walks.

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Great site, 15min walk into pooley bridge. Nice and quiet ... 03/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John W. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great site, 15min walk into pooley bridge. Nice and quiet at night and first thing in the morning. It seemed a good park for children. Toilets and showers lovely and clean. Nice friendly welcome on arrival when shown to our pitch.

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Everything! Lovely pitch, spotless shower block, friendly staff, well stocked ... 09/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Deborah R. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything!
    Lovely pitch, spotless shower block, friendly staff, well stocked shop, mansion house open for drinks at weekends and also opened to watch the England games.
    Great location, short walk to Pooleys bridge where shops, pubs etc are available.
    Lake superb, we took our inflatable canoe out on the water twice during our stay.
    Hill walking would be wonderful but really too hot for us this visit, hopefully next time.
    Luckily our pitch was partially shaded, so caravan didn't get too hot in the afternoon.
    Cannot believe we had such a fantastic week, and it wasn't all about the weather.
    Definitely coming back.

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Very clean showers, plenty of recycling opportunites. 04/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christine R. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Very clean showers, plenty of recycling opportunites.

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A very comfortable park with clean facilities and we relaxing weekend. 02/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom david_b663364 Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    1. The quiet clean park.
    2. The location to the lake and facilities.
    3. The location from the major roads.

    Disliked: 

    No free Wifi

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Excellent site, not to expensive and nice for dogs. 01/07/2018

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Dick H. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Private watertap and waste water, tv and elektricity hookups. Very clean and quiet. Good dog walk and last but not least very fripendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    No wifi

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Excellent location for exploring Ullswater and surrounding areas. 01/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David S. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We had a confirmation of our pitch number left on voicemail and on the site noticeboard on the day we arrived.
    The washing facilities were excellent and kept very clean and the whole site in general was very well maintained.

    Disliked: 

    No-one returned our call or checked in on us on the arrival day, it would have been nice to have met someone but we didn't see any of the site staff during our entire stay.
    The on-site bar was on reduced opening which wasn't noted on the site advert when we were booking to my knowledge.
    The on-site wifi was quite expensive for a family of 4 adults

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

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Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0JF
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.6138°N 2.8320°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penrith: Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.4 miles
Penrith Bus Station — 4.8 miles
Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 4.9 miles
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 4.4 miles
Langwathby Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 10.8 miles
Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 0.3 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 6.6 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 53.5 miles

Directions


Waterfoot Park is easily accessible from Junction 40 off the M6, the Penrith junction, but please follow the directions below rather than your satnav.

Follow the brown signs marked Ullswater Steamers from Junction 40 and drive west on the A66 for a mile before turning left at the roundabout onto the A592 towards Ullswater.

Please stay on the A592. After 2 miles you will see our sign for the entrance on your right.

If you reach the junction with the lake road you've missed us by 200 metres.

By bus, take the 108 or 508 from Penrith to Patterdale, disembarking either at Pooley Bridge and then walking over the River Eamont and along the footpath; or at Ullswater Steamer Pier then crossing the road through the wood and following the signs for Waterfoot Park (this will take approximately 10-15 minutes).

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Waterfalls, walks, watersports, history and heritage are all here: start off with the miles of bridleways around Ullswater, all linked by Ullswater Steamer routes, and take the circular route around Maiden Castle which starts and ends at Waterfoot Caravan Park.

The site is surrounded by the Dalemain Estate which has five acres of gardens and swathes of historic parkland; the house and gardens themselves are less than two miles away (the cream teas are heartily recommended).

Another short walk will take you to the Bronze Age stone circles of Moor Divock at Pooley Bridge, a collection of stone circles edged by its biggest, The Cockpit at 25 metres wide, which still has standing stones of up to a metre high. It’s one of around 50 stone circles around Cumbria: Swinside, Castle Rigg and Long Meg and her Daughters are three of the biggest and most visited.

At least a day must be had on and around Ullswater, the Lake District’s second biggest lake, for a trip on Lady Dorothy or one of the other steamers; a spot of sailing, diving or boating, or a scale up Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain and lying at Ullswater’s south (stagger to Glenridding village afterwards for refreshments).

At Ullswater’s west, Aira Force waterfall, tumbling down 65 feet, is a short drive from Waterfoot and reached by a crashingly good walk through woodland and glade.

Wildlife including red deer and those red squirrels can be spotted in many Lake District woodlands and fells, but to maximise your chances of a sighting, scurry along to the flagship red squirrel reserve at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick, where there’s also a red squirrel trail with a visitor centre and rope bridge.

Greystoke Forest and around Bassenthwaite Lake are other likely spotting areas, and like Whinlatter, have acres of other activities such as mountain biking and fell walking (start off at the Whinlatter visitor centre for ideas and tips).

Indoor options around the area include many museums, historic houses and oodles of towns and villages to shop around. Penrith is the nearest market town to Waterfoot and has an indoor pool, climbing wall, several specialist shops and a market twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Must see

  • Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (1.4 miles)
  • The Rheged Centre (3.0 miles)
  • Ullswater Steamers (6.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (9.6 miles)
  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (14.3 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Please call using the telephone number provided in your booking form if you are running late (leave a message if necessary).

Waterfoot Caravan Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

If you cancel more than 14 days before the start date of your holiday, you will forfeit an administration charge of £10 per booking and the balance will be refunded. Alternatively, the campsite can issue a credit note which will be valid for 12 months.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Waterfoot Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

General
Recreational vehicles (including but not limited to motorised scooters/skateboards and non-road legal motorised vehicles) are not permitted.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Mansion lounge bar is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until further notice.

Touring pitches and pods must be vacated at the stated times.

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